As part of our commitment to the 'Red Road', we
organize a number of regular spiritual events in our area. These events
are always open to anyone with a respectful interest in learning about
Mi'kmaw culture and spirituality, as well as those who are knowledgeable
about traditional Mi'kmaw ways.
While rules are not a big part of these events,
there are some conditions that apply:
alcohol and recreational drugs are ALWAYS barred
from these events - if at all possible, we request that you abstain
from these prior to the event;
we usually have a Giveaway Ceremony at the end
of the event - if you wish to participate, bring along something for
the Giveaway Blanket;
we ask that you bring along some food to
contribute to the potluck meals; and
women should bring along a skirt to wear during
While we try to set up a schedule of things that
will happen during these events, quite often the schedule changes
on-the-fly as the event progresses. In hindsight, there is almost always
a really good reason why the changes happen... but you should be
prepared to be flexible.
The Keji Gathering
been a regular Gathering at Kejimkujik National Park for a number of
years. It is generally held during a weekend in late September. The
main focus of the Gathering is spirituality and teaching, so if you are
looking for a powwow event, this is not for you. There are generally a
number of talking and healing circles, sweatlodge ceremonies, and other
such events. This is also an opportunity to visit the Sacred Sites
within Kejimkujik and pay your respects to the spirits of the Ancestors
that are everywhere within the Park. It is also an opportunity to be
with friends, new and old, who share the same beliefs.
Because Parks Canada has a liberal policy
regarding Aboriginal access to sacred areas within National Parks, no
entry or camping fee is charged for those who are attending the
Details about the next Keji Gathering can be found here.
The Storytellers' Gathering
In ancient times there would have been no such
Gatherings, due to the difficulty of travel in winter. However, winter
would have been a time when people would gather around the fire while
Elders told the old stories, and passed on the values and Teachings of
For this reason, we hold a mid-winter Gathering that
we call the Storytellers' Gathering. The aim is for all participants to
have an opportunity to pass on any stories from any source that have
inspired them. These stories do not have to be traditional stories...
even a good story from Reader's Digest can have value and meaning in our
circle. And, of course, if you wish to only listen, that is okay too.
Details about the next Storytellers' Gathering can be found